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for detroit. 20 10 air cargo threat as well as other plots that were effectively mitigated. some more international in scope and origin like the christmas they plot was involved a nigerian citizen who purchased his ticket in ghama,. flew from legos to amsterdam and attended to ignite a bomb en route to america. that attempted attack, we learned that relevant information possessed by u.s. customs and border protection needed to be available overseas at the last point of departure for the united states. we fixed that. we learned that our adversaries were moving to nonmetallic devices. we adapted our screening technology and tactics to counter that. learned that a single vulnerability in any part of the aviation system can make everyone connected to it vulnerable. since we don't control security at foreign airports, we have to work even more closely with international partners to raise the overall security of the system. we did that. shortly after the christmas day plot, i launched a worldwide initiative to make these needed changes in close collaboration with our strongest allies. i am
, the editorial editor of the detroit news and he's my guest. good morning to you. >> good morning. thanking for having me. >> gretchen: one of the things we should point out is even though it was enacted under president reagan, one of the ways it has blossomed under president obama is that we're now talking about cell phones. when president reagan started this, we were talking did land lines. correct? >> correct. actually under president bush, the program was expanded in 2008 to include cell phones. but it has really expanded along with all the other welfare programs during the obama years. it's gone from, as you said, 800 million to $2.1 billion and 41% of that money is estimated to go to phones and services for people who aren't really qualified. it's riddled with fraud and waste and you still can't kill it. >> gretchen: 41%. i mean, come on. americans hear that and they think how can you stand by and allow this to continue? you decided to go out and do your own research, so you sent your intern out to do what and what did she accomplish? >> actually i didn't send her out. she's working n
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